Cal State Fullerton 5, UNLV 4

May 20, 2005

Cal State Fullerton sophomore Ashley Van Boxmeer hit two home runs, including the game-winning shot in the sixth inning, and freshman Crystal Vieyra hit the first home run of her career as the Titans won their opening game, 5-4, over UNLV at the 2005 NCAA Regionals hosted by UCLA.

Fullerton improved to 29-19 overall and kept its winning streak alive at 10 games. The Titans won their first-ever regional game on UCLA's home field in three trips (1-4) and improved to 2-0 against the Rebels in the postseason. UNLV fell to 43-18 overall.

Van Boxmeer, who went 3-for-3 at the plate and extended her hitting streak to seven games, broke a 4-4 tie in the sixth as she lined a 1-1 offering from the Rebels' Shannon Crisp (14-3) just over the fence in left field for the 5-4 advantage.

Of Van Boxmeer's career-high tying 10 home runs this season, four have come against UNLV as she also hit a pair in a 2-for-3 day against the Rebels in the finale of the Palm Springs Classic back in February.

Titans starter Marissa Marzan (14-5) then worked out of jams in the final two innings, stranding a pair in the sixth after striking out Caitlyn Paus to end the frame and leaving the tying run in scoring position in the seventh after Brittany Freight fouled out to Crystal Vieyra at third to end the game.

Marzan earned the win, tossing her team-best 14th complete game of the season and allowing two earned run on five hits, walking six and striking out five. Crisp suffered the loss, allowing Van Boxmeer's game-winning home run on three hits and striking out four in five innings of relief.

UNLV starter Jacque Kerrigan threw the first two innings, allowing four runs on three hits and striking out two in the no-decision.

Fullerton used the long ball to jump out to the early lead as Van Boxmeer slammed her ninth home run of the season over the left field fence in the first inning, scoring Candice Baker and Lindsey Bashor ahead of her for the 3-0 lead.

Vieyra extended the lead in the second when she slammed the first home run of her career, a towering shot to left, to make it 4-0.

The Rebels battled back behind the bat of Rosa Ordaz, who broke up the no-hitter and shutout when she doubled home a pair of runs in the third, scoring pinch runner Kahaunani Kahananui and Caitlyn Paus ahead of her to make it 4-2.

Ordaz would tie the game two innings later as Brittany Meade singled with one out and scored on Ordaz's second home run of the season to left that cleared the scoreboard.

Bashor, whose infield single to lead off the game extended her hitting streak to 10 games, was joined by Katie Gollhardt and Vieyra with hits for the Titans. Ordaz's two hits led the Rebels' offense.

The Titans return to action on Saturday (May 21) as they will take on top-seeded UCLA, a 6-1 winner over LMU in Friday's nightcap, at 10 a.m. at Easton Stadium. The game will be carried live on www.titansports.org.



-- Courtesy Cal State Fullerton